Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
- DIY Jenga Math Game
- Jenga Math Free Exploration Time
- FREE printable math fact sheets: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse
by Margaret Wise Brown
Why we love this book:
From the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, this cute book with repetitive rhyming text quickly pulls children into the pages.
Then the mouse ran through the book, the mouse ran through the book.
He ran through onto the next page to take a little look.
Wait! Open this book VERY gently . . . There’s a little mouse inside!
The illustrations of the book are designed to look like the mouse is crawling through the book hole by hole, page by page. It is very clever to see the mouse crawl from page to page counting his way all the way to the end.
And when he got to ten. And when he got to ten.
He turned around the other way and ran right back again.
Reading and Writing
The pattern text and rhyming words on each page in this little counting book also make it a great early reader for kinder and first graders. If your kiddos are past the early reading years, the lyrical style of the book make it a simple example of how to write a poem. Children can use the format to write their own poetry. With fall in the air and Halloween right around the corner, writing a poem adaptation would be fun.
DIY Jenga Math Game
Jenga is one of those classic games that my children like to pull out to play as a family or with friends. It’s nice because the learning curve is quick. I also like the fact that you really can play across a wide age range. However, it was quite funny when Miss Enigma played for the first time, enjoying pulling out any old block, sending the tower crashing to the ground while the rest of us screamed in playful agony.
DIY Math Manipulatives
As our team planned for teacher training in Cambodia this summer, we came up with the idea of letting our kids at church make math manipulatives for the classes in Cambodia. We had to take a few things into consideration:
- The games needed to be easy with no language barriers.
- The manipulatives had to be easy enough for a 5 year old to make.
- We found the idea of turning Jenga into a math practice game.
- Each time you pull out a block, you answer the math fact.
- Perfect. Easy to make. Fun to play.
- Jenga blocks
- FREE printable math fact sheets
- Mod Podge
- sponge or paint brush
- Sharpie Marker
Easy as 1, 2, 3
- cut facts apart (you can pick addition, subtraction, multiplication or division)
- glue on with Mod Podge (layer of glue on the bottom and a layer of glue on top)
- let dry and write answers on the back with a Sharpie
(You could write the facts with a Sharpie, but we needed all of the numbers to be legible for the students in Cambodia. Since we were letting the Sunday School kids make these manipulatives, we thought it would be easier for them to glue on the facts.)
Jenga Math in Action
Free Exploration Time
How tall can we build the tower?
When working with the teachers in Cambodia, I stressed how important it was to allow children time for free exploration. This is especially important when introducing new learning materials. Children are born to be curious, invent and play. So why fight it? Let them explore!
Jenga was new to the teachers in Cambodia. So what did I do? You guessed it, I let them play! In America, we take hands-on learning for granted. These teachers did not grow-up with a house full of games, blocks and toys. It was refreshing to see them jump right in and begin building with the Jenga blocks. Most had no idea what “Jenga” was.
Ready for a movie?
Welcome to a Cinema Theater! Big screen. Comfy seats.
And there was even math explorations and math connections!
Can you figure out what the blocks have in common?
Love it when someone takes learning in an unexpected direction! Doesn’t get any better than that!
Jenga Math Anyone?
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Do you like mice? I know it’s a strange question. Mice happen to be my one big phobia. But this little mouse is cute so he’s allowed in my house. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, October 19, 2014
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, October 20, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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